Pakistan tops Asia in deforestation

UN says rate of deforestation in Pakistan has quickened since 2010 floods.



    The United Nations climate talks that end in South Africa on Friday aim to reduce the world's carbon emissions.

    In developing nations, deforestation is a major contributor.

    When forests are cut down to use land for agriculture, carbon stored in trees is released as carbon dioxide (CO2).

    Deforestation has been estimated at a rate of 13 million hectares per year.

    According to the UN, Pakistan is the most heavily deforested country in Asia and the situation has worsened after the floods of 2010.

    Al Jazeera's Imtiaz Tyab reports from Islamabad.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    From Qatar to Alaska, a personal journey exploring what it means to belong when your culture is endangered.